Former UHV president third most influential social worker

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Dec. 10, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.
Updated Dec. 11, 2014 at 2:32 a.m.

Former University of Houston-Victoria president Karen Haynes has been ranked the third most influential social worker alive today by blogsite, Social Work Degree Guide.

Haynes, currently the president of California State University San Marcos, served as president of UHV for eight and a half years.

Under her leadership at California State, the university has become a first-choice campus for the region, with a particular focus on serving educationally-at-risk populations such as former foster youth, veterans and Native Americans.

Fifty-two percent of the 2014 graduating class were the first in their families to earn a four-year degree; and well over half of the student body identifies as being a minority.

Haynes' commitment to public higher education is helping California State transform the lives of students and families throughout Southern California.

According to Social Work Degree Guide, selection was based on merit, scholastic study and political activism. From celebrities to university professors, the list includes individuals who plan, engage and support social work.

Haynes recently celebrated her 10th anniversary as president of California State.

Her 40-year career in higher education includes academic leadership roles at the University of Houston, where she served as the dean of the Graduate School of Social Work for 10 years.

"The principles of social work have remained at the center of my life's work and serve as a fundamental touchstone for my career in higher education administration," Haynes said. "Social workers promote social justice and social change, and it is these values that have served me well as a university president. Thanks to social work, I am a better president and a better agent of change."



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